Bake it like Bentham

By Tim Causer, on 15 March 2013

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Adding 1d (and more) of labour

As regular followers of the Transcribe Bentham Facebook and Twitter accounts will know, volunteers have recently been transcribing a series of recipes compiled (presumably by Bentham) for the panopticon prison kitchen.

As part of the Journal of Victorian Culture‘s historical bake-off competition, I recently had a go at producing Bentham’s recipe for ‘baked apple pudding’, with mixed results (though I’m glad to say that no-one at the Bentham Project was poisoned as a result of tasting it). You can read about this attempt at the JVC website.

Below, you will find links to all of the manuscripts containing Bentham’s cooking tips and recipes. Should you feel suitably inspired to make something yourself, we would be delighted to host your account of it and any pictures here on the Transcribe Bentham blog – just drop us an email!

General cooking directions

http://www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/JB/107/109/002

http://www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/JB/107/109/003

Recipes

http://www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/JB/107/110/001

http://www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/JB/107/110/002

http://www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/JB/107/111/002

http://www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/JB/107/111/003

http://www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/JB/107/112/002

http://www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/JB/107/112/003